Consultation on proposal to close St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Primary School

Published: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

We are holding a statutory consultation on the permanent closure of St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Hawick in accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

Agreement to carry out the consultation was given at a meeting of our Executive on 7 November.

The consultation period runs from Wednesday 22 November 2017 to Monday 22 January 2018.

The outcome will be presented to Council on 29 March 2018.

Find out more at the public meeting

A public meeting will be held to give people the chance to provide feedback:

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • 7pm
  • St Margaret’s Roman Catholic School, Buccleuch Street, Hawick TD9 0HU

Take part in the consultation

During the consultation period, a questionnaire and relevant documentation will be available:

  • Online
  • at the public meeting
  • from Children and Young People’s Services on 01835 825080 or by email

Paper copies will also be available at:

  • Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells
  • St Margaret’s RC Primary School, Hawick
  • Hawick Library.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“The decision to close a school permanently is not one that is taken lightly and is only considered after a wide range of factors are taken into account, with our priority always to make sure that we are doing all we can to increase educational opportunities and improve outcomes for our children and young people.

“A recent review of our school estate provision across the Borders highlighted that St Margaret’s has sustained a significant fall in the school roll over the past 20 years. There are currently only 14 pupils attending the school, with only three admitted into primary one over the last three years and none for 2017/18.

“There are also concerns that such a small school roll limits our ability to offer the pupils a full range of curricular and learning opportunities, particularly in relation to requirements within the Curriculum for Excellence and for the development of team skills and group work with children of a similar age.

“As the consultation gets underway, we would ask that anyone with an interest in the school considers the proposals carefully and provides their feedback so that we can take everyone’s views into account before making our final decision.”

More information

You can download papers from the Executive meeting held on 7 November.